Live Action founder Lila Rose spoke at University of California, Los Angeles on March 4th, but the promotion for her event encountered difficulties. UCLA’s pro-life campus group, Live Action UCLA, and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) UCLA are presented the event, and attempted to advertise it by placing a sign on the Bruin Walk, along with a table manned by YAF members. Shortly after the group had posted the signs, they were vandalized and stolen.
“We put our sign up on Tuesday, in a metal frame with the sign inside. By the weekend, it had already been stolen,” Rose said. “Somebody basically just stole the sign for Lila’s talk— they didn’t steal the frame, so they just took the sign out of it.”
But there had been issues advertising for the event before the theft. Those opposed to Rose speaking on campus attempted to prevent others from viewing the sign by turning it towards the bushes. After a police report had been filed to report the stolen sign, general signs promoting the Live Action UCLA group on campus were vandalized as well. YAF members also witnessed a woman kick over one of their signs as they manned a table promoting the event.
Addressing the vandals, the group released a statement:
“To the person who stole our sidewalk sign…You probably did what you did out of a desire to protect yourself, or others, from a viewpoint you think is wrong or even harmful. I understand. I get it. But you don’t get to do something that is fundamentally immoral— stealing— to advance your viewpoint. We cannot silence other people’s viewpoints just because we might not agree.”
Having a conversation with someone who not only disagrees with you, but sees you as someone who is standing against what they perceive to be a fundamental right, is quite difficult. I’ve had my own experiences with attempting to speak to abortion advocates, and dissuading those within the pro-choice community from thinking that abortion allows a woman to shape her own destiny.
This is not the first time we have seen abortion advocates attempt to make it difficult for those in the pro-life movement to speak. Last year, we saw Jordan Hunt roundhouse-kick a woman for protesting against abortion, and, after one of her colleagues called 9-1-1, Hunt yanked off the ribbon she had been wearing on her chest and ran away. There is also the story of Maggy, a Canadian college student threatened with rape after she spoke out against abortion. We have also seen abortion extremists attempt to run pro-lifers over with their cars. Pro-lifers that have attempted to counsel post-abortive couples, such as Ke’Ontai, have been met with resistance and peaceful pro-life demonstrations have been turned into violent events by extreme abortion advocates.
We have to connect with those on the opposing side, especially women who perceive abortion as their only option. While it is tempting to see each interaction with someone who is pro-choice as an opportunity to debate and change their minds, we have to remember to connect with them first. If the accusation is that pro-life means only being pro-birth, then we have to be able to calmly respond to the accusation by showcasing how far the pro-life movement is willing to go to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. We should not feel dissuaded in promoting our message, and talks like the one Rose plans to give at UCLA will be beneficial in bringing both sides together.
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